Gossamer bicycle crank set safety recall

On January 10, 2011 the Full Speed Ahead Gossamer BB30 Crank Sets for Bicycles were ordered recalled.

This recall involves the Gossamer BB30 crank set, which is the part of the bicycle that the chain and pedals attach to for pedaling. The recalled crank set is either painted black with "Gossamer" printed in white on the arm, or painted white with "Gossamer" printed in black on the arm. There are two drive gears on the crank arm.

The recalled crank sets were assembled as original equipment on the following models of Cannondale bicycles:

  • 2010 CAAD9 5 and CAAD9 5 Feminine
  • 2010 Six Carbon 5
  • 2010 Slice 4, Slice 4 Nytro, Slice 5
  • 2010 Synapse Carbon 4, Carbon 4 Feminine, Carbon 5
  • 2011 CAAD10 5 105, CAAD10 5 105 Feminine
  • 2011 Slice 5, Slice 5 Womens
  • 2011 SuperSix 5 105, SuperSix 5 105 Womens
  • 2011 Synapse Carbon 4 Rival, Carbon 4 Rival Womens, Carbon 5
  • 2011 CAAD8 5 105
  • 2011 CAADX 105 Cyclocross

The recalled crank sets can also be identified by the product numbers, which are found on the inside of the non-drive crank arm.

  • Gossamer Pro BB30 CK-OS6021;
  • Gossamer Pro Compact BB30 CK-OSC6021;
  • Gossamer BB30 CK-OS6020;or
  • Gossamer Compact BB30 CK-OSC6020.

What is the danger?

If the fixing bolt is over-tightened on the non-drive crank arm during installation, part of the bolt can crack or break. The non-drive crank arm may also crack. Either of these situations can cause the non-drive crank arm to fall off the bicycle, posing a fall or crash hazard to riders.

Full Speed Ahead has received 11 reports of incidents in the United States, including two reports of injuries.

At time of the recall neither Health Canada nor Full Speed Ahead has received any reports of incidents or injuries related to the use of this product in Canada.

Consumers should immediately stop using bicycles that have the recalled crank sets and return the bicycle to the dealer. The dealer will install a new non-drive crank arm free of charge.

For more information, consumers may contact Full Speed Ahead at 1-877-743-3372 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday to Friday or by e-mail at moc.daehadeepslluf|llacer#moc.daehadeepslluf|llacer. Alternatively, consumers may visit the Full Speed Ahead website

How many were sold and where?

Approximately 1,280 of the recalled crank sets were sold at independent bicycle retail stores across Canada. These recalled products have been sold since February 2010.

The crank sets were manufactured in Taiwan. The importer is Full Speed Ahead of Woodinville, Washington.